[ kod-l ]
/ ˈkɒd l /
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verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
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Origin of coddle
1590–1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
OTHER WORDS FROM coddlecoddler, nounun·cod·dled, adjective
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How to use coddle in a sentence
We millennials are chided as a generation who were coddled and told we could do anything, receiving participation trophies no matter our performance.Traditional school isn’t always the way to go, and I wish my parents had seen that earlier|Kenneth R. Rosen|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
He is more needy than Harden, who was coddled for more than eight years in Houston before he forced Wednesday’s four-team blockbuster trade.The Nets got better with the James Harden trade. How much better is up to Kyrie Irving.|Jerry Brewer|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
He wrote that the administration would not “coddle these ambulance-chasing lawyers anymore.”New York City Paid an NBA Star Millions After an NYPD Officer Broke His Leg. The Officer Paid Little Price.|by Mike Hayes for ProPublica|January 12, 2021|ProPublica
America can no longer afford to coddle these organizations and the people who join them.We Can Make America Anew Only If We're Honest About the Depth of the Ugliness and Hate Today|Eddie S. Glaude Jr.|January 11, 2021|Time
The Wizards expect to be in the playoff conversation this season, and that means they can’t waste time easing into the season or coddling their first-round draft pick.The Wizards’ Deni Avdija is an old pro at being a rookie|Ava Wallace|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
"It is a holiday, today," said Mr. Coddler; and a holiday it seemed to be.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for coddle
/ (ˈkɒdəl) /
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Derived forms of coddlecoddler, noun
Word Origin for coddle
C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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